Big Picture high schools put students in charge

11/17/2008 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Nearly 95% of students at the 60 Big Picture schools nationwide go on to college after designing their own curricula with the aid of a hands-on adviser and internship mentors. "This program is about helping a kid find their passion," said Big Picture adviser and former science teacher Leonardo Oppedisano. "I am not a vessel with information trying to impart it all on them. I am advising them on the path that they should take toward learning. It is much more a cooperative relationship."

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